Monroe votes to approve budget

May 8, 2019

MONROE — Town residents voted 1,218 to 822 to approve a $87,852,877 budget, which carries a tax increase of .97 percent from the previous fiscal year.

The budget proposal breaks down to $28,940,637 proposed for the municipal budget, $57,246,740 for the board of education budget and $1,665,500 for fund appropriations and contingency.

“My thanks to the Monroe voters and the outstanding spirit of collaboration among our department heads, Board of Education, Town Council, and Board of Finance during this budget process,” First Selectman Kenneth Kellogg posted on the Town of Monroe Facebook page Tuesday night.

The budget represents a 1.81 percent increase in overall operating expenditures from the 2018-2019 budget. The increase in operating costs is due to such factors as contractual obligations under collective bargaining and anticipated rises in health care costs.

It also provides for such improvements as increasing the hours of operation at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library and the pool at Wolfe Park; mailing Wolfe Park stickers with the motor vehicle tax bill (instead of requiring that residents come to town hall to pick them up) and new recreation programming for members of the Senior Center.